Top 5 garbagemen

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

The following five received multiple votes, in an informal players' poll, for their trash-talking talents.

We've gone ahead and established the Top 5 rankings.

1. Matthew Barnaby, Chicago:

A veteran of 13 NHL seasons, this Ottawa native is also known to do some talking with his fists, surpassing the 2,300 career penalty-minute mark this season. "He talks even when he fights," said New York Rangers defenceman Darius Kasparaitis. "He's a great guy, great character."

2. Sean Avery, Los Angeles:

Speaks his mind -- perhaps sometimes without thinking -- both on and off the ice. "Avery has got to be up there. It's all he does," said Canadiens forward Steve Begin.

3. Steve Ott, Dallas:

Just 23, the former Windsor Spitfire has what it takes to move up these charts. Needs to work on his volume. "Ott is always talking, but you don't even hear half the stuff he says," said Senators defenceman Brian Pothier.

4. Vaclav Varada, Ottawa:

In an attempt to throw an opponent off his game, this pesky veteran will deliver any number of jabs -- both physically and verbally. Needs to work on his clarity. "He's one of the best, when you can understand what he's saying," said Senators centre Jason Spezza.

5. Garth Snow, NY Islanders:

Breaking into the NHL with the Quebec Nordiques, Snow has tended goal for five different teams in 11 seasons -- giving numerous teammates the opportunity to enjoy his words of, um, wisdom. "If you want to talk about trash talking, you're talking Snowy," said Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro. "He's one of the best."

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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